Liverpool legend Jan Molby claims Virgil van Dijk is ‘as vital to the staff’ as Mohamed Salah and is a long run Liverpool captain.
The previous Southampton defender arrived at Anfield in an eye-watering £75 million deal again in January and loved a dream debut, scoring the winner within the Merseyside derby.
And Molby, who performed for the Reds over a 12-year duration between 1984 till 1996, believes the Netherlands global may emulate the long-lasting Alan Hansen.
“Alan did his personal process however used to be all the time there to lend a hand others,” Molby informed The Sunday Publish. “Different defenders do just their very own process.
“Virgil is very similar to Alan, in that you just all the time really feel that no matter occurs he’ll allow you to out.
“He takes care of other folks. As a footballer, there’s not anything higher than understanding that anyone has your again.
“Liverpool nonetheless have numerous somewhat green avid gamers at this degree and so they want having a look after.
“He gives the look, with somewhat hand sign or shout, that he has the qualities to try this.
“You simplest wish to have a look at the avid gamers round him. It really works higher when he’s within the staff.
“We’ve noticed that specifically at the giant Champions League nights. They’re made for him. That’s whilst you display the sector that that is the place you belong.”
Liverpool face Roma within the first leg in their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night time, with van Dijk anticipated to proceed to spouse Dejan Lovren in defence.
With the Netherlands defender within the facet, Liverpool have regarded markedly extra cast.
And it’s this development on the again which makes van Dijk a robust contender for the Liverpool captaincy – must it transform to be had.
He added: “There was an enormous sea exchange since van Dijk got here in. 3 months in the past, Liverpool had defensive frailties. However now they don’t.
“If the opposition places a ball excessive, he’ll be very fast to learn it. Liverpool don’t glance prone at set-pieces as a result of he crops himself proper within the center and offers with them.
“On occasion you’d rarely see Alan within the 90 mins as a result of he simply quietly stopped the opposition doing what they sought after to do.
“You want to all the time rely on him being in the fitting place, so he by no means needed to dive in or gamble. That’s what Virgil does, too.
“I believe he’s as vital to the staff as Mo Salah.
“No disrespect to Jordan Henderson, however I might be amazed if Virgil wasn’t a long run Liverpool captain.
“I don’t assume he must be captain now. It’s proper that Henderson has it. However I believe it’ll naturally come to him in the future.”